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Oktadrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with bust of Ptolemy I

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Obverse: Diademed bust of Ptolemy I to right, wearing aegis. Border of dots. Reverse: Eagle standing to left on thunderbolt. Border of dots. Monogram at left and Greek inscription at left and right.


Said to have been found in 1956, in or near Phacous in the Nile Delta, not far from Zagazig; by 1957: with AG. Leu & Co., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich and Aldoph Hess AG., Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne (Hess-Leu auction, April 16, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, lot 319); by 1958: with A. H. Baldwin and Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London W.C. 2; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., June 5, 1958, for £ 950/0/0

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, about 294-285 B.C.


Alexandria, Egypt (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 319.


Diameter: 35 mm. Weight: 27.88 gm. Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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